Monthly Archives: September 2011

Happy Labor Day: S&R salutes the American worker with selections from Whitman, Springsteen and Mellencamp

While our country has in recent times engaged in a relentless policy war against the working class I grew up in, there was a time when honest labor was a thing to be celebrated. America became the greatest nation on the planet for a period of time thanks to its workers, not its CEOs or its bankers. Our character is defined by our Main Streets, not Wall St. And you never heard of a Protestant management ethic, did you?

Today S&R honors the worker, and we begin with Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.”

I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work; Read more